This year, more than 8,600 community members participated in the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The goal of the Homeless Count is to identify just how many individuals are experiencing homelessness in order to provide a comprehensive picture if the need for services and housing as well as the demographics.
The 2018 LAHSA Homeless Count is the most thorough to date, covering every block, river bed, and open space across nearly 4,000 square miles of Los Angeles County, except for the cities of Pasadena, Glendale, and Long Beach which conduct their own counts. To ensure accurate data, LAHSA conducts an extensive review after the preliminary data is publically released and makes adjustments based on their quality assurance process.
On Friday, July 27th, LAHSA released the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count City and Community Level Results. This report provides local information to guide community efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles County, help local officials coordinate their plans for addressing homelessness, and show outreach workers which areas to target. This data includes those who are sheltered or unsheltered, youth, vehicles and makeshift shelter totals. This year the Count includes data for over 80 cities and 200 communities across Los Angeles County. Data from twenty communities was adjusted after LAHSA’s review process.
The community-level adjustments released on Friday affected the total count for the County of Los Angeles- in a good way! In 2018, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County is 52,765, which 430 fewer than previously reported. Since 2017, there has been a 4.1% decrease in people experiencing homelessness.
Solutions can only be as good as the information on which they are based. Many thanks to the community members who assisted in helping LAHSA conduct an accurate 2018 Homeless Count!